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What a difference a year can make!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Well for me the past year has been life changing!! I have lost 103lbs this past year! For the First time in my life! Sure I have lost alittle weight here and there and most times gained some if not all back. All because I didn't have the tools to change the mistakes I was making and would always go back to bad habits. In this past year I have learned so much! Before now I use to think I couldn't do it.. after trying so many times and felling so many times. But something was different this time. Yes I have determination, and for the most part I have the will power!! But Spark people gave me the much needed tools! And All the wonderful people on SP have given me the inspiration and the extra kick of motivation I needed!

Now don't get me wrong I am still learning. And I still have another 107lbs to go to make it to a healthy weight for some one my age and height. And even tho I have lost weight and I feel so much better!! I still have the fight ahead of me. And I know I can't give up!! If I can lose 134lbs total (103lbs being with SP) so far then I can certainly lose the other 107lbs!!! And my friends if I can do this SO CAN YOU!!!

I am no pro at this by far! But I can tell you what has been working for me.

1. Drinking lots of water.. most days I get 12 to 14-- 8 oz glasses a day but I do try to drink more.

2. working out.. even on the days I just don't want to!
2/3 days a week ST 3/5 Days a week Cardio..
my workouts include.. when I first started out.. at 360lbs I started with a recumbent bike, and ST with 10lb dumbbells, I also do many of the ST workouts SP provides.. like: close arm wall push ups, dumbbell side bends, standing and lying abductions.. and many more. Also now I have added an Elliptical in my work outs.. I push mow our yard once a week. & tend to our flower gardens. I also from time to time play wii bowling, boxing and Just dance 2 & 3. Kettlebells,

Theses days I just stay as active as I can! Weather it be working out, cleaning house, swimming, gardening.. anything to stay moving helps lol

3. tracking everything!! it is very helpful to know what you are putting in your body!

4. using this web site and following what it says to do.. it has been so helpful in so many ways,,, you need inspiration, motivation, friends who know what your going threw, tips, advice, what ever you need its HERE!!!!

5. eating healthy as I can and NOT over doing it! & Lowering my calorie needs as I lose weight.. Like SP recommends

6. One of the most important things that has help me is not over-thinking it and STRESSING every little thing!! Just knowing that okay we make mistakes and were gonna have bad days. But tomorrow is Always a NEW Day and there are no mistakes too big to fix!!! Just keep trying!!!

7. Also watching my sodium!

8. also Keeping to a strict sleep schedule.. when I say that I mean I try to go to bed the same time every night and get up the same time every morning.. always trying for 8 hours of sleep no more no less.

Okay so like I said theses are the things that have been helping me. I know everyone is different. And I hope this helps answer some of the questions I received in my blog!! emoticon

Okay so after my last blog .. "Photos of me from a year ago and today." I have to say I wasn't thinking anything about it when I posted the pictures and I am not sure its even sunk in with me yet that I have lost so much weight. I think I just keep looking at how much I have to go. Not how much I have lost and I think alot of us do that.
I just have to say that I posted those pictures after a few friends had asked to see new pics.. with no thought what so ever of so many SP seeing the blog and commenting! I m still in awe over all the wonderful comments and friend request I have been getting. And I just wanted to say THANK YOU to you all for all the wonderful comments and the Friend adds! I never in a million years thought I would be here, doing this! Nor would I have thought I would be giving inspiration to so many. WOW is all I can say.. I am at lost for words!
So again a HUGE THANK YOU to You ALL! It might take me months but I do plan on commenting back to you all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

PS. I made it to 249.5 lbs today!! 8-10-2012 I m so excited! 99.5 lbs to go to get to 150lbs!! WOO HOO that gives me 141.5lbs gone (total weight loss) emoticon

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SHRINK_U 10/4/2012 9:35PM

    I love this blog. You have done so well. Way to go!

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    wow..... great blog ,,, One of my friends had you on her page and so I checked you out and I loved what you said. I too have a long way to go but you have done just

I'm going to add you as afriend so you can keep me motivated too !!


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WILSHAR7 8/13/2012 11:34PM

    I am glad you are doing so well with getting healthy and staying healthy!!
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CHANGINGSAM 8/13/2012 3:11PM

    So proud of you! emoticon

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    Woohoo my friend, I am so happy for and proud of you. I AM doing the Happy Dance this time, well, I think you should join me as well. LOL. You are doing fantastic and have built up a great 'toolbox' that is going to not only get you to your goals, but also to keeping the weight off and living a healthy lifestyle. BTW....when you mentioned your water drinking it made me get up and get my bottle since I am behind today lol. Have a great day and don't sweat commenting back to me, I know it is overwhelming and a lot! HUGS!

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SPIRIT42013 8/12/2012 12:41AM

    Marvelous! emoticon

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ELLENBERRY 8/11/2012 7:14PM

    You are emoticon

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CHEFMOM1199 8/11/2012 10:44AM

  You are such an inspiration! One of my spark friends commented on your post and I had to read your story because I am from Texas too!! Fantastic job and thank you so much for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJADERUN 8/11/2012 7:46AM

    We've been taught to be forward thinkers: "Don't dwell/live in the past, work towards the future." We as a society have been programmed to keep thinking about and reaching for our goal, and we're scolded for thinking too much/hard about what's already past and over with. Which is great for things like regret, remorse, etc., but not useful for feeling successful, proud, or remembering fondly.

Sure, we shouldn't dwell in the past, but it's okay to go visit every now and then just to see how far we've come!

Congratulations on all your hard work, and good luck for your hard work yet to come!

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RECREATING_ME 8/10/2012 11:53PM

    Such great tips! So exciting to see your success and cheer you on :)

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LOSINGITNOW11 8/10/2012 10:32PM

    Way to go!! I've really been struggling lately and your blog was just what I needed to remind myself that 100+ weight losses can be done. Thanks! Good luck on getting to your final goal!

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    You are doing so great! I just know you can reach your goal! Just keep doing what you've been doing and you will continue to be successful. Hugs! Congratulations!

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PURPLE180 8/10/2012 9:59PM

    emoticon Excellent job.

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/10/2012 9:51PM

    You are emoticonmy friend. Your blogs are inspiring to me. I especially like this one. You have traveled down the path I am headed on. I look forward to the day that my scale says that I am no longer 300+! I have had the same overwhelming response to my blogs and vlogs. It has totally blown my mind. The friend adds, oh my goodness. It is so amazing isn't it? It sure helps us to be positive!

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WINNIE1978 8/10/2012 8:26PM

    You are awesome! I'm glad that you wrote this blog and took the time to see how far you've come! Sometimes we spend far too much time focused on how much further we have to go... and we fail to recognize how far we've come.


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    I an so incredibly PROUD of you!!!!! You are doing an awesome job, and you inspire me.

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MENNOLY 8/10/2012 7:21PM

    You are doing great and you will make your goals! Weight loss may slow down but don't lose faith, it will come off. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMBABY0 8/10/2012 7:02PM

    congrats, good job and keep up the good work

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BESCATS 8/10/2012 6:48PM

    I just love stories like yours, so wonderful, and so great with what you have done so far. It's just emoticon, and AMAZING.
I just can't say enough for the courage, and commitment you have made to get healthy. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINYBUBBA1 8/10/2012 6:48PM

    emoticon Tara! You are truly an inspiration and motivation for others! emoticon for sharing your story!

Blessings for the rest of your weight loss journey.

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Photos of me a year ago and Today!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My oldest daughter and myself July 2011 At the Rainforest Café I was about 360lbs

Me April 2011 I was about 361lbs here

Me today 257lbs

So I started SP July 5th 2011 and weighting in at 360lbs and today July 25th 2012 I am 257lbs... my highest weight I was at 391lbs that was in Oct 2010..
Weight lost 134lbs since my highest.. 103 with SP in the past year!!!!!

I now have about 107 to go and that will put me at 150lbs.. I don't know how I will feel when I get there but if I need to keep going I will and if not then I will stay and do my best to maintain it!! I know I will get there and I know it takes time but I will do it!!!!!!!! And I will do my Absolute best to KEEP it OFF!!!

I just want to say a BIG Thank you to all my SP Friends!! You have all been so wonderful & helpful in so many ways!!!! I love you all and wish you all the Best!! emoticon

Also a Huge Thank you to the Spark People site because it has given me all the tools I need to do this as well!!!

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CHOOSE2LOSE2014 12/12/2012 2:45AM

    Amazing......U Rock.... emoticon

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KHALIA2 9/24/2012 12:33AM

  Great Job! Keep up the good work!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/18/2012 9:02PM

    What an inspiration! Hats off to you, for doing so well. You know you can do it.

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BREL0524 8/8/2012 11:26PM

    Congratulations! You look great and deserve it! Keep up the hard work, you're such an inspiration to so many people including myself! I'm lucky to have you as a SP friend! Thank you for sharing your story! emoticon

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TARAFROMTX1 8/8/2012 11:03PM

    Again I want to Say a HUGE THANK YOU to All of You!!!! You all are amazing wonderful people and I truly appreciate all the wonderful comments!!! It means so much more to me than you will ever know!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KSCRAP363 8/7/2012 7:52PM

    very inspiring! You are doing great!!!

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DONNA5281 8/6/2012 4:07PM

You are doing a fabulous job! Keep up the good work!

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EATVEGAN 8/4/2012 2:44AM

    You are doing wonderfully well. You have accomplished so much, that you know it takes hard work to get where you are and the same hard work to get you to your goals. And it is all worth it. You are such a pretty girl. emoticon

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JUDY106 8/3/2012 10:25PM

    Fabulous job! I know you feel really better. You look great. Keep up the great work. you can do it!!

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JUDY106 8/3/2012 10:17PM

    Fabulous job! I know you feel really better. You look great. Keep up the great work. you can do it!!

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SPIRIT42013 8/3/2012 4:19PM

    You rock! Best of luck with the last of it, and then on! emoticon

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TARAFROMTX1 8/3/2012 3:21PM

    Thank you all so very much for all the wonderful comments and support!I really appreciate it! And Wish you all the Very Best!!! Much love to you all!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEMINIGEM6 8/3/2012 3:08PM

    You rock! You look great! Congrats!

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YAYAZEN 8/3/2012 6:05AM

    You're definitely an inspiration to me! You can do this! We can do this! emoticon

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ELLENBERRY 8/2/2012 9:28PM

    Amazing Job! You are an inspiration to me. emoticon

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BRONZE50 8/2/2012 12:37PM

  Wow! You look GREAT! You and your blog really give me motivation to keep going when I want to quit! Thank you. :)

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HDHAWK 8/1/2012 10:09PM

    What else can be said but WOW! You are doing great things to be a healthier you! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/1/2012 7:36PM

    Friggin' rock star!

That's right!!


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CBMOM3 8/1/2012 11:58AM

    Great job. I look forward to having the same success.

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IAM_HIS2 8/1/2012 8:35AM

    AWESOME--YOU LOOK FANTASTIC!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENNIFERLYNN128 7/31/2012 10:28PM

    Inspiring! Keep up the awesomness! emoticon

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RACHELB64 7/31/2012 7:58PM

    Seriously this made me CRY! You are so amazing and such an inspiration. . . By this time next year you will have reached your goal, no doubt!

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BAKER1009 7/31/2012 3:04PM

    That is wonderful! Make sure you remember to thank yourself!! Job emoticon

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KELLIGIRL523 7/31/2012 2:46PM

    Sweet! Great work!! Keep it up!

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GRETA242 7/31/2012 2:05PM

    Yeah you!!! Wonderful news. Keep up the great work. You are an encouragement to us all :)

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CLAUS07 7/31/2012 12:44PM

    AMAZING! Keep up the awesome work! emoticon

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CINDYBEL 7/31/2012 11:26AM

    Good for you. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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SOULWOMAN 7/31/2012 10:52AM

    Great job!!! You look fabulous!! Thank you for being an inspiration!!

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You go girl! I am so impressed and inspired. Next year you'll be down to that 150 goal!
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4C_DIVA 7/31/2012 8:01AM

    What a transformation you have made!! Keep it up!!

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SSHIRLCAL 7/31/2012 12:49AM

    My new hero thanks a bunch to keep me moving

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NELLBELLA26 7/31/2012 12:31AM

    You are so beautiful!!!!! WOW! LOOK at you. Truly wonderful and how proud of yourself you must be. Made my day to see your blog, very inspirational. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YORKIE_GIRL 7/30/2012 10:59PM

    You look amazing! Three cheers for Tara!!!

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MYBELLA50 7/30/2012 5:32PM

    Woo Hoo!!! Congrats - You look great and sounds like you feel great also!

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SARAJANE_82 7/30/2012 5:19PM

    emoticon You look amazing! What a transformation!

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JFTODAY 7/30/2012 3:43PM

    You are an inspiration!

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IMSOOZEEQ 7/30/2012 12:29PM

    emoticon you look fantastic!!! You have inspired me!

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You look Awesome Girl!!! Keep up the good work!

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HIGHWAY91 7/30/2012 12:25AM

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!!

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FINDINGJENJEN 7/29/2012 9:56PM

    You Look AMAZING! SO inspiring! Keep up the great work!

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SANDRALUVSLON 7/29/2012 9:50PM

  Keep up the great work you look great!

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IM_POSSIBLE 7/29/2012 9:50PM

    Wow! Awesome change! Talk about inspiring/motivating!! emoticon

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Never Quit Pledge

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Share and spread the Spark!

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

Signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40) 04/26/12

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids) 04/26/12

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715) 04/27/12

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

Signed: Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56

Signed: Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

Signed: Fran

Signed: Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed: Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed: Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed: Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed: Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed: Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed: Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed: Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed: Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed: John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed: Deb (jewelle217) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed: Kathy (Kalantha) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed: Elizabeth (MEADSBAY) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed: Caz (NEW-CAZ) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed: Gaye (GABY1948) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed: Linda Kay (LKWQUILTER) June 30, 2012

Signed: Sallie (Changing4ME49) July 11, 2012

Signed: Tara (TarafromTx1) July 11,2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Spark, so all can have the choice to commit!

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LUNACW 7/27/2012 11:45PM

  LOVE IT!! I too will make this pledge! Thank you! Luna

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/12/2012 1:31PM

    You go girl!!


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    emoticon I love this one! Count me IN!

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Up date on things

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Well like many of you life has been alittle hectic. lol My hubby had his first foot surgery.. it all went well.. but since things have been alittle umm well crazy I guess... lol He's on crutches and its hard for him to get around. So I m taking up the slack.. which is no big deal, just keeping me alittle busier.. not that I mind.. it is throwing me off alittle as far as my work outs and eating the best I can BUT I am staying so busy that I'm not over eating and I am STILL Losing weight lol so its all good. Its been Dr. Apt after Dr. Apt. While having the surgery we stayed at a hotel for a couple of days.. and I am happy to say while my youngest slept and my hubby rested I was able to go down to the hotel fitness room and get my sweat on!! And I LOVED every minute of it!!! They had some really nice equipment!! And by that time I was really starting to miss getting to work out!

Anyways everything is good here. Yes its been crazy and I haven't been able to really get on here and catch up with anyone. I've been getting on just long enough to track my fitness and food, and trackers.. and to somewhat see how everyone is doing but I do apologies I haven't been able to catch up on many blogs. From what I can see everyone is doing Great and Kicking some weight loss booty!! WTG to you all and keep up the good fight!!!!!! Hugs to you all!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETROUT 7/29/2012 2:24PM

    Way to go by working out at the hotel!

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WINNIE1978 7/15/2012 7:38AM

    I hope your hubby recovers quickly! Great job with losing weight during a crazy time!

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LITTLEKIM4 7/11/2012 10:57PM

    Glad to hear you're still doing well, finding time to work out, etc. Don't feel too bad about not keeping up with everyone's blogs. We all go through streaks when we get busy. Best wishes to your hubby as he recovers!

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    Keep on Sparking! You're doing just fine! :)

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ZENNITH 7/10/2012 4:16PM

    Glad to see you blogging again :-) Congrats on losing weight despite all the obstacles and I hope your DH gets better soon emoticon

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MENNOLY 7/10/2012 2:37PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Hope your DH recovers quickly. Way to go on losing weight under trying circumstances. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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July goals

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

okay so this is a few days late... but better late than never lol


Drink atleast 7 --16.9oz bottles of water a day want to try for 8- 16.9oz a day
cardio 6 days a week
ST 3 times a week
Stay in my calorie Range
Watch my sodium
Sleep 8 hours a night no more no less!!
other than that stay Active!!!

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MENNOLY 7/10/2012 2:38PM

    You beat me to posting July goals! I will have to do it tonight before the whole month slips by. Your goals look great! Good Luck!

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    Looks good Tara. I wish I could get myself up to 8 hours of sleep, but I am up to 6-7 which is a big improvement from 4-6! I am sure you will have an awesome month!

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JAMBABY0 7/10/2012 1:34PM

    this is a great plan good luck

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